Wow and I thought I was the only who felt that way. I have noticed that too, if I am not reading - then writing seems really hard. It is a balance I think.
It is almost as if there has to be an equal number of words going in as are coming out.
Let us know how it works for you!
To which she replied:
You, too, huh? I think it’s word in, word out. Maybe I should call it WIWO.
I’m really making more effort this month to read more. It feels like my creativity’s gone dry or something sometimes.
I could read until the cows come home. Really I could. There have been times that I have read well into the night. I will even forget to eat sometimes, if the book is really good. Before we had kids, I could read and read all day on a Saturday or Sunday. I can knock out a short novella or novel in a day and for a longer work, a matter of days. I tend to read pretty fast - but then I go back and reread alot too. Sometimes, I mark the passages I really like and from time to time I fold down the pages.
What I have noticed though, is that I write better when I am reading. So Angelle, is right - it has to be a balance, which is hard. Sometimes I really want to be writing, but it will not come, the words simply will not flow out of me. Then there are times, that I just cannot settle down to read - it is as if my brain will not soak up another word - not a one.
But sometimes, life gets in the way too! I get busy and there is not time to read. I also hate to be carrying a book around all the time. So I have been experimenting with alternative formats - like downloading e*reader for my PALM and sometimes I have a magazine with me.
Furthermore, I do read on so many different levels everyday. L loves books. We read at least two picture books every night before bed. (Unless she is on a game jog, which happens from time to time. Maybe she is full of words - too!) E like board books. So we read 2 to 3 a night. I want to believe that they like books as much as they do, since they see me reading alot.
Clearly I also read other people's blogs too, so in total, I am sure I read a ton of words a day. But that reading is not the same as reading for pleasure. When I read a novel or short story or poetry, that is strictly for my pleasure. It is because I want to. That is the key I think. Reading someone else's creative work - their imagination on the page - a drawing thru language - that is the inspiration - that is what fills up my creative well. I am not sure if it the magic they create with language, a meeting of the collective imagination. But it works for me.
There is no forcing a story out of me. It just does not happen. I will end up staring at the screen and not type a word. Better to just stop and and go do something else.... like read!